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After three shootings in one day, community leaders call for an end to gun violence in Buffalo

Posted at 6:18 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 16:21:16-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — After three shootings left two dead and a 17-year-old in the hospital, community leaders are saying enough is enough.

"This is not supposed to be happening in our neighborhoods," Pastor James Giles of SNUG said, "People have just stopped caring. They feel it's just supposed to happen and we're desensitized to the gunshots."

Tuesday's shootings happened on Timon St. and Dodge St., Glenwood Ave. and Main St., and Wood Avenue. All only miles apart.

"We successfully have allowed a culture to come in here where it's alright to hurt each other, it's alright to harm each other and it's alright to kill each other," Pastor Giles said.

Pastor James Giles and SNUG, a state funded organization looking to help end this violence, believe the best way to do so is by changing the mindset of the youth.

"Create a new culture and a new paradigm shift in how we as a community treat shootings."

Pastor Giles knows hurdles lie ahead, which is why he wants action now. Whether it's in the form of candlelight vigils, rallies or more.

"A very peaceful march just to show the family, the friends and the loved ones who lost someone that the somebody cares."

All three shootings are currently still under investigation with police. Anyone with information is asked to call the confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.